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1 Million Unfilled Jobs In Cybersecurity

April 6th, 2016
cybersecurityThe leak this week of terabytes of confidential and highly sensitive financial and other records from the Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, which has triggered worldwide outrage, illustrates the challenge of protecting information.

Whatever you might think of the news about political leaders from Riyadh to Reykjavík hiding money, it's only because of digital recordkeeping that such a huge volume of material could be leaked. When records were entirely on paper, something like this would have been impossible.

Cybersecurity professionals are those who protect electronic records. For good reason, they are among the best paid of all tech workers. At the entry level, the median pay is $89,000. With experience and special certifications $150,000 and more is not unusual.

Demand for their services is rising fast, so fast that a Cisco report estimates there are a million unfilled cybersecurity jobs worldwide. Tech professionals eager to enter this high demand field can study online. Heimdal Security has a list of several dozen courses, ranging from free beginner courses to more advanced, fee-based training.

Women are being especially encouraged to consider a career in cybersecurity. NYU's engineering school has a free summer program for high school girls teaching them the fundamentals of cyber security and computer science. The SANS Institute launched an intensive 2-4 month program for women. The free SANS CyberTalent Women's Immersion Academy guarantees its graduates jobs in the field.

Other free training is available to members of the  Women’s Society of Cyberjutsu. The organization's mission is to "advance women in cybersecurity by providing programs and partnerships that promote networking, education, mentoring, resource-sharing, and opportunities."

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